On Friday Tottenham kitman Steve Dukes started a unique football shirt auction in memory of his late dad Charlie.
Charlie Dukes tragically died last May aged 73 after a cycling accident.
Steve has called on his fellow kitmen throughout football to get signed shirts from all 92 English football league clubs which he is auctioning off to raise awareness of cycling with a helmet whilst raising money for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance charity.
Steve has received shirts from all 92 English league clubs as will as SPL sides Celtic and Rangers.
The home nations sides England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland have donated shirts as have the Scotland, Wales and Saracens rugby teams who have donated signed jerseys bringing the total to 106.
The Spurs kitman said, “I wanted to occupy myself and keep myself focused for my dad, so I thought this was a good opportunity.”
“My dad would ask what all the fuss is about, but he’d be proud. I hope he’s looking down on us. He was a keen cyclist and did London to Brighton, London to Cambridge and those sorts of routes to raise money for charity.”
“Perhaps if dad was wearing a cycle helmet on that day last May, he might have stood a better chance of surviving. I don’t know, but if we can help to raise awareness of the importance of wearing protective items like that, it would give me some comfort to know that because of my dad, perhaps lives can be saved in future. It also gets Essex & Herts Air Ambulance out there and allows people to understand that it’s a charity and they need funding. It will be brilliant for them and hopefully allow them to save a lot more lives too.”
Steve Dukes began working at White Hart Lane in 1987 as a steward before becoming the assistant kitman in 2005-06.
Just months later ‘Dukesy’ became the head kitman at Spurs.
The auction closes on 23rd May, the first anniversary since Charlie’s passing.
Checkout Steve’s football shirt auction HERE.